Japan in April 2024

April in Japan is synonymous with Sakura, the enchanting cherry blossoms that blanket the country in a delicate sea of pink and white. This fleeting spectacle transforms the landscape into a dreamlike setting, drawing travelers from around the world to witness the beauty of spring in the Land of the Rising Sun. In this article, we’ll explore the allure of traveling to Japan in April, delving into the weather, crowds, price fluctuations, events, the best cities to visit, and the unique experiences that await. As we unveil the wonders of April in Japan, we’ll also highlight the advantages of guided tours, offering a curated journey through the Sakura-filled landscapes.

Weather in Japan in April

weather in japan in april

April brings milder temperatures to Japan, with cherry blossoms in full bloom. The weather is generally pleasant, making it an ideal time for outdoor exploration. While the Sakura season attracts a considerable number of visitors, the earlier part of April allows for a more comfortable experience, with blossoms adorning parks, streets, and historic sites across the country.

The main cities of Japan can expect the following temperatures in April:

  • Tokyo:
    • Daytime Temperature: 15°C to 22°C (59°F to 72°F)
    • Nighttime Temperature: 8°C to 13°C (46°F to 55°F)
  • Kyoto:
    • Daytime Temperature: 14°C to 21°C (57°F to 70°F)
    • Nighttime Temperature: 7°C to 12°C (45°F to 54°F)
  • Osaka:
    • Daytime Temperature: 16°C to 23°C (61°F to 73°F)
    • Nighttime Temperature: 9°C to 14°C (48°F to 57°F)

Price Fluctuations

April is a peak season for tourism in Japan due to the cherry blossom festival, and this popularity can lead to increased costs for accommodations and flights. Early April may offer a balance between favorable weather and more reasonable prices compared to the peak cherry blossom period slightly later on in April.

It’s worth noting that tours and hotels sell out months in advance during this popular time of year. If you’re hoping to plan a last-minute trip to Japan in April, Tourist Japan is here to help. Due to our industry connections and unique abilities to serve a higher number of customers, we will usually have last-minute availability on our numerous Japan tour packages. Available in budget, regular, and private, these include Japan hotels and tours at extremely competitive prices.

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Events and Festivals

Kamakura Matsuri horseback archery

April in Japan is synonymous with the Sakura Matsuri (cherry blossom festivals) celebrated throughout the country. Major cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka host events showcasing traditional music, dance, and illuminated night views of cherry blossoms. The atmosphere is festive, creating a sense of unity as locals and tourists celebrate spring’s arrival.

Other events and festivals include:

  • April 1-30: Miyako Odori in Kyoto – Colorful Spring dance performances performed by Kyoto geisha. Three shows take place every day in the Minami-za Kabuki theater.
  • April 8: Hana Matsuri (Buddha’s Birthday) – ceremonies held at Buddhist temples across the country.
  • Mid-April: Kamakura Matsuri (Kamakura Festival) in Kamakura – A week-long festival to welcome Spring. Festivities include horseback archery, parades, and dances.
  • April 14-15: Sanno Matsuri (Takayama Spring Festival) in Takayama – Extravagant floats parade through the village streets.
  • April 16-17: Yayoi Matsuri in Nikko – Large parades featuring cherry blossom-themed floats and paper lanterns.
  • April 29 – May 5: Japanese Golden Week – Major national holiday period. Many businesses and services will be closed during this time. Check out our full Japan in May calendar for more details on Golden Week festivals.

Best Places to Visit in Japan in April

Tokyo: The metropolis comes alive with cherry blossoms in April. Visit Ueno Park, Chidorigafuchi, and Sumida Park for breathtaking Sakura displays. Explore the contrast between modernity and tradition in districts like Harajuku and Asakusa. All our Tokyo tours are led by expert guides who are not only filled with insider insights about the sights but also know all the best cherry blossom viewing spots.

Kyoto: The ancient capital is a cherry blossom paradise with iconic spots like Kiyomizu-dera, Philosopher’s Path, and Maruyama Park. Discover the beauty of traditional tea ceremonies and the elegance of geisha culture in the historic Gion district. For the most authentic experience, join our Kyoto tours and be led through the winding streets by a local insider.

Hiroshima: Beyond its historical significance, Hiroshima offers stunning cherry blossom views along the Peace Memorial Park and the iconic Hiroshima Castle. Enjoy the serenity of the Shukkeien Garden adorned with sakura. Due to its remote location and complex nature, Hiroshima can be an overwhelming place to venture to alone. Join our Hiroshima tours for a stress-free arrival and to ensure you make the most of your time there.

Best Things to Do in Japan in April

Japan in April Sakura Hanami

Hanami Parties: Participate in hanami (flower-viewing) parties under the cherry blossoms, bringing locals and travelers together in parks and gardens for picnics and celebrations.

Night Illuminations: Witness the magic of Sakura at night as many parks and landmarks are illuminated, creating a romantic and ethereal ambiance.

Cultural Experiences: Immerse yourself in Japanese culture by trying on a kimono, experiencing a tea ceremony, and attending traditional performances that showcase the country’s rich heritage.

Feel the Full Bloom With Tourist Japan

Although the allure of cherry blossoms in April is captivating on its own, guided tours of Japan offer an unparalleled experience, combining the beauty of Sakura with expert insights and curated itineraries. Our guided tours provide a seamless journey through the best cherry blossom spots, ensuring you capture the essence of Japan’s springtime magic. With the guidance of knowledgeable locals, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the cultural significance of Sakura and create lasting memories amidst the blooming landscapes. Join us on a curated adventure that celebrates the splendor of April in Japan, where every moment is a masterpiece painted in the hues of cherry blossoms. Considering a trip to Japan in March instead? Check out our overview of Japan events and monthly guides to explore all your options.

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